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Introduction

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust treat fire safety and security very seriously and are continuously working on Fire Safety Strategies in bringing all of their housing stock up to date with fire safety measures.  However, the risk assessment is only the start of the process in addressing fire safety.  It’s what is done with the risk assessment in terms of a fire safety strategy to remove/reduce the risk that ultimately counts.

Peaks & Plains understands that the Responsible Person carries a legal duty under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RR(FS)O) that cannot be transferred – to a contractor, a consultant, or to any other person. 

Client comment:

"It is extremely important that the Responsible Person has a basic understanding of the Fire Risk Assessment process and a working knowledge of the standard fire safety strategy that should have been designed and built into blocks of high rise dwellings. Without this knowledge and understanding the Responsible Person may find themselves at the mercy of a less than competent risk assessor, and faced with a list of potentially expensive remedial fire safety measures that still might not address the risks as the law requires"

The Project

It was noted upon our risk assessment that some blocks of flats within East Cheshire needed to improve fire safety for tenants, contractors and fire fighters. The main requirements were

  • Orientation and floor by floor plans

  • Solution to store premises plans and information so that the Fire and Rescue Service can gain access at any one time

  • Storage solution to be non reliant on staff presence or power

  • Easy access to the premises plans and information about the building for the attending fire crews

  • Restricted access for Peaks & Plains staff to ensure that the information is kept up to date and not removed

  • Key registered system to restrict access to the information

The Response

As Gerda Security Products are market leaders in this field, it was decided by Plains & Peaks to install the Premises Information Box™ (PIB)® System across the blocks of flats to store the plans and information required. 

The Outcome

It was also essential that access to the PIB at each site would be controlled through authorized channels only, to ensure that the information stored within the boxes is kept safe, up to date and readily available. The only other access to the PIB would be Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service with their unique Gerda One Key® System which is carried on each fire appliance so that in the event of an incident attending fire crews can gain access to the information to avoid any unnecessary delays.